The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 1:00 am


Waiting for answers

Too little forthcoming on sheriff, TRF incident

Something happened at the Three Rivers Festival last Tuesday. A Fort Wayne police report said officers went to Headwaters Park East on a call at 11:06 p.m.

The incident involved Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux.

There was a victim listed in the incident, a 15-year-old boy who “allegedly fell backwards onto a pvc pipe and something else, leaving a red mark on his right flank area,” according to a heavily redacted police report written Thursday.

The Indiana State Police were called into the investigation, and the matter has been turned over to a special prosecutor, Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings.

Now you know essentially everything that's been publicly released or confirmed about the incident. Neither the sheriff, who is said to still be on the job, nor anyone else involved will say anything more.

Under Indiana law, authorities need to provide basic information about the nature of any situation for which police are summoned.

When that incident involves the county's chief law enforcement official, the public deserves more transparency from authorities, not less.

What allegedly made the boy fall backwards? Why were police called?

Authorities should be able to release specifics about the incident that is alleged to have occurred without jeopardizing the integrity of the investigation.

Like any other citizen, Gladieux deserves to be treated fairly and justly in this matter – whatever it may involve – and like any other citizen, he has the right to decline to comment.

But keeping things in the dark indefinitely does not serve the interests of the sheriff, the department or the public. Cummings says his independent probe with the State Police will take at least a month. A careful but speedy resolution of the investigation is needed in this unique situation.

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